Disinfo: Russia’s Avangard missile system can devastate US defences, The National Interest says

Summary

Russia’s Avangard missile system can devastate US defences, The National Interest says. This US magazine, specialised in security, published a text by publicist Peter Suciu about what the creation of the Russian hypersonic unit Avangard means for the US. The author of the publication mentions that Avangard has hypersonic speed and is able to maneuver in the atmosphere. It quotes China’s official stance, that the Avangard equipped with nuclear heads can “devastate” US defences.

Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of the original article in The National Interest, titled “Is the Russian Avangard Hypersonic ICBM a Serious Threat?”, where author Peter Suciu says that it is “reported [for the Avangard] to have both hypersonic speed and an ability to fly a ‘maneuvering’ flight path through the atmosphere”, but, contrary to the claim, he doesn’t affirm it himself. Also, the alleged quote about China’s official stance is also manipulated: it is a reference to a previous article in The Eurasian Times where China praises the capabilities of the missile, but where the description of its “devastating” effects is done by a Russian military official, Major General Vladimir Popov, not by the Chinese authorities.

Pro-Kremlin media frequently resort to this manipulative technique of quoting sentences from serious publications and then introducing a distorted message as if it was part of the original article, in this case to promote a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia’s military might. See other examples in our database, such as false claims that British outlet The Guardian pointed to ruling elite as the real instigators of the racial crisis in the US and reported that the EU remained silent as the Europeans couldn’t buy food for the first time in 75 years; that Newsweek magazine explained how the US coup in Iran will end; that Soros’ structures in the media and think tanks saw an opportunity in the coronavirus pandemic to attack the “bad guys”; that the US National Counterintelligence and Security Centre put Wikileaks at the same threat level as jihadist organisations in its last report; or that the US special envoy for Syria admitted that Washington’s goal was to defend terrorists from Russian attacks.

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  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Mainstream media, Media

Disclaimer

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US dirty war in Facebook against Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico is a new Condor Plan

Facebook removed dozens of accounts, Instagram pages and fake profiles linked to the US company CLS Strategies that pretended to be local pages from Mexico, Bolivia and Venezuela while promoting disaffection against progressive rulers and an image of governmental chaos in those countries. Disinformation, essential to manipulate citizens, has become a very powerful weapon, one that the US has used and still uses shamelessly. The goal was to weaken or overthrow these progressive governments, as the US has wanted for years, and promote the Bolivian government resulting of the coup carried out by Jeanine Áñez. This US dirty war on Facebook against Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico is a new ‘Condor Plan’ to dominate Latin America again.

Disproof

Though the information on the CLS Strategies network is correct, as confirmed by Facebook and the Stanford Internet Observatory, the comparison with the so-called Condor Plan is not. CLS Strategies is a private company and was hired in this capacity by the Bolivian government and private citizens of Venezuela and Mexico, and there is no evidence that it was acting on behalf of the US government.

This is part of a recurrent Russian disinformation narrative about constant US plots to undermine Latin American governments. You can see many examples in our database, such as an alleged CIA-led Twitter campaign and a hybrid war in Bolivia, the engineering of blackouts all over Latin America, the promotion of secessionism in Mexico or Venezuela, the training of Venezuelan exiles in Guyana for military operations inside the country or preparations for a military intervention in that country after forcing Brazil to join NATO.

The United States organised the protests in Belarus

The United States organised the protests in Belarus.

The United States is playing a key role in the events which have begun following the presidential elections in Belarus. This is stated by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.

There is a clear Western trace to be followed in the events in Belarus. The protest actions have been well organised from the beginning and are coordinated from abroad (…) According to the information, the USA plays a key role in the current events in Belarus.

The West had begun preparing protests long before the elections. According to information from [Russian Agency for Foreign Intelligence] SVR, the USA, through various NGOs, provided around 20 million dollars (almost 17 million euros) for the organisation of protests against the Belarusian government between 2019 and early 2020.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus protests and about protests in post-communist countries, presenting them as being organised and controlled from abroad. This narrative claims that protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are “colour revolutions” directed and funded by the West.

There is no evidence that the US or other foreign forces are involved in any way in the protests in Belarus. The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair.

Lithuania has transformed into a totalitarian society, where any alternative opinions are rejected

In general, the inadequate reaction of Lithuanian politicians and journalists to the statements of the leaders of the EAPL–CFA, the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance, [words in support of Lukashenka] proves that Lithuania, so proud of its fight against “Soviet totalitarianism”, has transformed into a totalitarian society in which any alternative opinions cause rejection.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania.

The disinformation claim appeared in the context of the statement of the Lithuanian MP Zbigniew Jedziński (representative of the EAPL–CFA party), who defended the actions of Lukashenka saying that the Belarusian security forces were defending the Constitution. The Lithuanian Prime Minister called the statement completely unacceptable and incomprehensible.